Short Courses and Conferences

Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods

Multiple Sessions are Offered

Course Topics

Topics covered in both the 3-day and 5-day sessions

  • Monday: Time Value of Money, Discount Rates and Decision Criteria

    You will learn to apply the concepts of time value of money in calculating rate of return (internal rate of return), net present value, ratios and other criteria. Other topics include understanding calculator and spreadsheet functions, graphical approaches illustrating the meaning of rate of return and net present value as well as methods used to determine an appropriate discount rate. Evaluating service producing alternatives will be presented including cost analysis and incremental calculations.

  • Tuesday: Application of Decision Criteria, Inflation

    The application of decision criterion to mutually exclusive and non-mutually exclusive alternatives will be reviewed. This discussion will also introduce related problems concerning cash flow streams exhibiting a cost-income-cost pattern and the subsequent dual rates of return and the meaning of economic results. Application of inflation as it relates to escalated (or current) and constant (or real) dollar analyses will be introduced.

  • Wednesday: Inflation, Risk, Sensitivity Analysis

    Continued discussion on inflation will focus on understanding how this important parameter may impact the type of dollars and the appropriate discount rate in escalated and constant dollar calculations. Sensitivity analyses addressing uncertainty are explored along with an introduction to quantifying risk through expected value calculations.

Additional topics covered in the 5-day sessions

  • Wednesday: After-Tax Cash Flow

    Development of after-tax cash flow will focus on related tax deductions including costs that may be expensed, expenditures that are capitalized and deducted by methods such as depreciation, depletion, amortization or write-off's and loss forward considerations.

  • Thursday: After-Tax Applications

    The details of calculating after-tax rate of return, net present value and ratios are presented for a variety of investment scenarios. Other topics include the impact of an investor's financial position on economics and the handling of working capital. The conversion of before-tax operating cost savings into after-tax cash flow and the proper handling of sunk costs and opportunity costs will also be explored. Understanding the meaning of after-tax NPV in estimating before-tax market value of properties is also addressed.

  • Friday: Related Issues in an After-tax Environment

    Recognition of the important differences in financial shareholder reporting vs. tax reporting for publicly traded companies. After-tax cost analysis of service applications will focus on different methods of evaluating replacement and leasing vs. purchasing equipment and related issues. Finally, the course is concluded with discussion pertaining to evaluations involving borrowed money.

Course Textbooks

The course text is a three-book set which is included in the registration fee. The textbook, Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods, 14th Edition (2014), by F.J. Stermole and J.M. Stermole, and the accompanying Solutions Manual and Self-Teaching Manual are published and copyrighted by Investment Evaluations Corporation (IEC).

The Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) will mail the Self-Teaching Manual to each participant prior to the course for pre-course reading. The textbook and the Solutions Manual will be handed out in class on Monday morning. However, all of these textbooks may also be purchased separately.

To obtain additional copies of the textbooks, contact the CSM Bookstore at 303.273.3113 or visit their web page at: The textbook sells for $95.95, the Problem Solutions Manual for $35.00, and the Self-Teaching Manual for $25.00.

Pre-Course Study

Participants are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the material in the Self-Teaching Manual for Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods. This manual will familiarize the participant with evaluation terminology and the "time value of money" concepts used in class. It will be sent to course registrants about three weeks before the class begins.

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